Yes....our beloved Sparky is officially "euniched" as of today.
(it's a rhetorical question mostly)
Yes, he's just a dog. I know that.
As much comfort and, believe it or not, sincere LOVE I've felt from this animal, I recognize that he, indeed, is JUST, a dog.
And I determined, in my infinite wisdom, that he is best suited to my circumstances as a "euniched" dog.
And yet.....there has not been ONE person....not ONE....who has not reacted in some primal way to my telling of the fact that today was the day that Sparky was being "fixed".
What's up with that? Is there much to it? Hmmm.. I honestly am saying ALL that I know in asking these questions. I sincerely and honestly have found it striking that EVERYONE who's heard me mention Sparky's surgery has had SOME sort of comment about it. It must be that this "sexual" thing is somehow innately important. DUH. And yet. (that "yet" is fully loaded with statistics and anectodal info.) Here's my retelling of the conversation I had with Drew (drew turned the ripe old age of 13 this week) about Sparky's surgery.
Me: I have to get up extra early in the morning to take Sparky in for a surgery.
Drew: What surgery???! (he's a bit panicked as he tends to "worry" about just everything)
Me: Oh...it's not a problem. It's just a normal surgery that dogs get.
Drew: Surgery? What surgery? What?
Me: Well...most people...when they have a dog....get the surgery done so that they can't have puppies....unless they want to have puppies.
Drew: Sparky won't have puppies?
Me: No. We don't want or need puppies from Sparky. And the surgery will make him a better dog.
Drew: What? How? Uh... (he's very confused at this point)
Me: Yeah....for real. If we leave him like this...and don't take care of it....well...then....he might start humping kitty.
Drew: But what if he doesn't? I've never seen him humping kitty.
Me: He will.
Drew: For real?
Drew: How do you know?
Me: Because he's a boy. That's what boy dogs do. They get to that certain point...and then...they just want to hump everything. And we don't want Sparky to do that.
Me: (attempting to be very affirmative) WHAT??
Drew: I think it might be good if he gets to experience it at least just ONCE.
Me: No. That's not good.
Drew: I don't agree with it.
Me: Ok. Well, when you get your own dog, you can decide, but I get to decide about Sparky.
And so, Sparky came home today with his little stiches and his little ornaments just completely GONE. And I did show it to Drew because we do have to watch and make sure that Sparky is not doing certain things that might impede the healing process. And when I held Sparky up to Drew to show him what had been done....Drew's response was....."That's not right, Mom. Why did we do that to him?" And I responded, "Because it will make a better dog out of him."
It would be crazy, I realize, to try and correspond most of this incident to the whole gay or ex-gay thing. I'm NOT doing that. I'm just telling a story that happened this week. I do believe that parts of every story relate to other parts....for good or bad, regardless of sexual persuasion. So there. ;)
love and grace,
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